Amid High Tension PPP CEC endorses Zardari Statement
ISLAMABAD: Amid criticism and much havoc, PPP’s Central Executive Meeting has endorsed the recent fiery statement of PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari against the National Security Agency creating a new debate in the political arena.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Central Executive Committee met under the leadership of the Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at Zardari House.
The meeting took notice of media comments on the Co-Chair’s remarks and decided that it is important for all institutions to work within their mandated constitutional parameters.
Earlier, PPP lawmakers in the National Assembly also endorsed Zardari’s remarks on the floor of the house.
The meeting, co-chaired by former president and his son, also deliberated other important matters including the option of getting Bilawal elected as Member National Assembly (MNA) to further strengthen party position and boost morale of party lawmakers.
“The option was left open for Bilawal to choose the constituency of his own choice,” a senior PPP member shared.
In light of the upcoming Local Bodies polls in Sindh and Punjab, according to the resolution, decisions to activate the workers and award tickets on merit were taken.
The party also expressed severe reservations on the manner in which the polls were conducted in KP.
The agenda of the KP Tripartite Alliance was confirmed and reiterated.
The party took a clear position on initiating and supporting the Pak-China Corridor and said it will continue to play a key role in building consensus on it.
The party has demanded that allocations in the federal budget be made commensurate to its early completion on priority and according to plans agreed to in the APC called for this purpose.
The party took note of the recent hostile statements made by the Indian leadership and expressed concern that they were not conducive to making peace with honour in the region.
It resolved to support the military in the crucial Zarb-e-Azb operation and counter-terror operations.
The sacrifices of the army, police and law enforcement forces were appreciated and acknowledged.
The PPP demanded that the federal government pay its full attention to pursuing the National Action Plan as envisaged in the APC in December 2014.
Talking to media, PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar responding to volley of questions said it was discussed in the meeting that all the institutions should not cross their legal and constitutional limits.
When asked about cancellation of Zardari’s meeting with prime minister, he ostensibly dodged the question saying that he also knew about cancellation of meeting.
To a question about governor rule, he termed it a mere rumour. “It is not easy to impose governor rule,” he added.
Sources said that the meeting has decided to give free hand to Bilawal with reference to reconstruction of the party, as he had expressed annoyance with his father on this matter a number of times.
Sources said that the meeting formed a three-member committee for the revival of party with special context of Gilgit Biltistan election.
A report outlining why the party lost the legislative elections in Gilgit-Baltistan was presented in the meeting.
The meeting also reviewed and discuss steps to galvanise the party in Azad Kashmir.
The meeting was participated by Yousaf Raza Gilani, Raza Pervez Ashraf,Nawab Wasan, Qamar Zaman Kaira and others.
According to a private news channel, the PPP meeting also decided to field party chairman as a candidate for the National Assembly, and after winning the seat, Bilawal would replace Khursheed Shah as Leader of the Opposition in Lower House.
Talking to media after the meeting, Qamar Zaman Kaira said Bilawal will contest election either from Sukkur or Larkana.
Quoting sources, the news channel said it was also proposed Khursheed Shah should replace Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.
According to another report, PPP Vice Chairman Yousuf Raza Gilani and General Secretary Raja Pervaiz Ashraf resigned from their party posts voluntarily.
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